What we are and what we came for
We work with a wide concept of entrepreneurship. To us, it’s a path for new possibilities, it’s a way to apply knowledge, to make ideas come into reality and to take projects out of the drawer. It’s not just creating new companies. It’s about starting something new e generating a positive impact to the world.
BioStartup Lab exists to stimulate the creative process and to support those who want to accelerate the transformation of their ideas or to apply their knowledges into solutions for challenges in the life sciences fields: human health, agribusiness/animal health, environment and digital health.
We make content available, we make events and we have a pre-acceleration program that offers support to new entrepreneurs during the phases of ideation, development, business modeling with a focused methodology, workshops and mentorships.
The first step for those who want to leave their comfort zone is to have courage and opportunity to explore the unknown. In order to incentive, we transformed part of our expertise into open content. And it’s a lot of stuff: videos, e-books, infographics and texts that deal with issues that need to be understood by those who want to start something new within the fields of life sciences.
It just take an idea, a project or a research in the life sciences sector to be able to join our online community. There, you will be able to create a profile, introduce and develop your idea, meet other entrepreneurs and form a team.
In order to make our community larger, we make open and travelling activities: are events and meetups to spread entrepreneurial attitudes in universities, research centers, hospitals, companies and other alternative places.
In each round, we select about 20 teams that will, for 12 weeks, live in a coworking space and participate in an immersion program guided by specific methodology and tools to support the journey of life science entrepreneurship.
Teams from anywhere in the world can apply.
The format combines training, modeling and competition. The teams receive hands on support by experts. They will be overseen by a mentor and will interact with large companies, potential investors and partners.
It is an agile model with targeted approach to test and validate solutions, studying marketing models, find market / users and develop new skills, including fundraising and business management.
We believe in the impact of a new generation of entrepreneurs with solutions and ideas that have greater involvement in the market and better execution. Strategies built by each team during acceleration can result in partnerships for co-development, technology transfer or the establishment of new companies – startups and spinoffs.
Our expectation is that this new generation can foster the life sciences sector and make it more vibrant.
We believe that Minas Gerais offers a specially friendly environment for life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship.
We rank as the second Brazilian states in concentration of life sciences companies and in the last ten years, we’ve almost doubled the number of supporting institutions (there are 85).
In the academic sphere is where we stand out most: we have the largest number of federal universities and three of the six best in Brazil, we have a high concentration of postgraduate programs (over 150) and professors, holding mater degrees or PhDs (over 3000).
Additionally, Minas Gerais stands out in the national entrepreneurship scenario, having a series of accelerators and business incubators and an active startup community, the San Pedro Valley.
We have the backing and enthusiasm of Biominas Brazil and Sebrae Minas. The union and the commitment of our founders are undoubtedly our most valuable attributes and make possible our purposes.
They are reference at what they do: while Biominas Brazil is an avant-garde institution in promoting business in the life sciences with recognized experience and know-how, Sebrae Minas is the main reference in fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the competitiveness of new companies.